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NCJ Number: 64875 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: DOCUMENTATION OF THE BRIDGE YOUTH ADVOCACY PROGRAM
Author(s): R YARMEL
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS DOCUMENT DESCRIBES THE YOUTH ADVOCACY PROGRAM, ITS RANGE OF SERVICES OFFERED TO DIVERTED STATUS OFFENDERS, ITS PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS, AND RESULTS OF A PROGRAM EVALUATION.
Abstract: FOUNDED IN 1978 BY THE BRIDGE, A MULTICOMMUNITY AGENCY SERVING JUVENILES, THE YOUTH ADVOCACY PROGRAM'S GOALS WERE TWOFOLD: TO PROVIDE AN ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICE FOR STATUS OFFENDERS DIVERTED FROM THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM AND TO INCREASE THE USE OF SOCIAL SERVICES BY THE POLICE, COURT, AND MAGISTRATES. THE REPORT GIVES BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM'S HISTORY, CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SERVICE AREA AND SERVICE POPULATION (FOR EXAMPLE, 78 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION LIVE IN URBAN AREAS), PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY, AND PROGRAM GOALS. COMMUNITY RESOURCE SUPPORT SERVICES, PROGRAM MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, AND BUDGET AND FUNDING ARE DESCRIBED. INCREASING POLICE DEPARTMENT REFERRALS--A MAJOR GOAL OF THE PROGRAM--WAS ATTEMPTED THROUGH A SYSTEMATIC OUTREACH EFFORT TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS, MAGISTRATES, AND JUVENILE COURT PERSONNEL; THROUGH A STANDARD REFERRAL FORM AND PROCESS THAT POLICE, MAGISTRATES, AND THE COURT COULD USE; AND THROUGH ONGOING LIAISON ACTIVITIES WITH POLICE DEPARTMENTS. THE REPORT ALSO DESCRIBES THE INTAKE SERVICE, THE ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING PROCESS, AND AVAILABLE USER SERVICES. EVALUATION FINDINGS INDICATED THAT THE PROGRAM WAS SUCCESSFUL IN SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASING THE NUMBER OF PROGRAM REFERRALS, IN INCREASING THE NUMBER OF REFERRAL SOURCES, AND IN PROVIDING SERVICES TO STATUS OFFENDERS AND FAMILIES. FUTURE RESEARCH OBJECTIVES ARE TO STUDY RECIDIVISM RATES AND OVERALL PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS. TABULAR DATA ARE GIVEN, AND APPENDIXES PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION, A QUESTIONNAIRE, REFERRAL FORM, AND A DESCRIPTIVE POSTER. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile status offenses; Social service agencies; Social work; Status offender diversion
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